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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.

Origins of an Urban Crisis: The Restructuring of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Geography of Foreclosure
Origins of an Urban Crisis: The Restructuring of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Geography of Foreclosure
Alex Schafran
Introduction: an urban crisis on the metropolitan edge

‘Urban restructuring must first be seen as crisis-generated.'

(Ed Soja, quoted in Soureli and Youn, 2009: 42).

Stories of suffering, decline and foreclosure on the edges of the American metropolis have now become as ubiquitous as the ‘bank-owned’ signs littering front yards from Antioch, California, toYuma, Arizona. From columnists like Timothy Egan to the editorial pages of The Economist, tales of the ‘gated ghetto’ and quotes from urban scholar Christopher Leinberger about the ‘next slum’ growing on the ...

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